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Whoopi Goldberg defends Lizzo after she's attacked for her weight: 'I'm thrilled that she's a big-figured woman'

Todd Garrin
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Lizzo’s music must make Whoopi Goldberg feel “good as hell.”

Goldberg defended the musician after fitness guru Jillian Michaels attacked her for her weight during a recent interview with BuzzFeed News.

Michaels questioned why people need to “celebrate” Lizzo’s body and cautioned that her weight could lead to health issues.

“Why do we need to celebrate her body? Why does it matter?” asked Michaels. She added, “Why aren’t we celebrating her music? Because it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes. I’m just being honest. I love her music, and my kid loves her music, but there’s never a moment when I’m like, ‘I’m so glad she’s overweight!’”

Lizzo posted on Instagram shortly after Michaels’ comments went viral, saying in part: “This is my life. I have done nothing wrong. I forgive myself for thinking I was wrong in the first place. I deserve to be happy.”

Michaels told TMZ she stands by her comments, and responded to the backlash in a Twitter post:

Goldberg echoed the sentiment of many fans when she defended the singer on Thursday’s episode of The View.

“I’m thrilled that she’s a big-figured woman. I’m thrilled that she is and that she has no compunction about wearing whatever she wants to wear and she’s comfortable,” said Goldberg.

She added, “I do celebrate her.”

Co-host Joy Behar noted, “Jillian Michaels is entitled to her opinion, but not everyone can be a skinny bi***.”

Twitter exploded with reactions to Michaels’ comments and Goldberg’s defense, and many agreed with The View co-host:

But others said Michaels was right and that sometimes the “truth hurts”:

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